William Shelton: AF Planning New Hosted Satellite Payload Contract

Gen. William Shelton
Gen. William Shelton

The head of Air Force Space Command expects the branch to issue a multiyear contract later this year for hosting government sensors onboard commercial satellites, Reuters reports.

Gen. William Shelton said the contract would be worth less than $500 million, according to Andrea Shalal-Esa’s story.

He also said the Air Force is analyzing potential alternatives for a new weather forecasting satellite, Shalal-Esa writes.

Shelton’s comments come as the Air Force is looking at new ways to change satellite acquisition, construction and launch.

According to Reuters, the Air Force buying more than one satellite at a time and using more fixed-price contracts in an attempt to shift liability away from the government.

The Air Force is also looking at a new GPS satellite that drops a sensor on an existing satellite for detecting nuclear events, according to the report.

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